From the Chair

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September 2023

Greetings to all. I hope this finds everybody well. Time flies by faster than you think. Here it is, September 1st. We are entering the second half of the hurricane season. The first half of the season, from June 1 to August 30, produced three tropical storms and one tropical depression with no danger to the US. September and October show a favorable chance for storms to develop, as noted in the past. September 10 will mark the height of the hurricane season. Which means conditions are still favorable for producing storms? Are we going to get a hurricane if only I knew? So please don’t let your guard down and think the season is over. It’s not.

I brought up some points in the last legion link that will be of interest to all. Did you check with your insurance company to make sure your policy is up to date? The one crucial insurance overlooked was FLOOD insurance. Do you have your important papers in order, insurance policies, birth certificates, and any other documentation deemed important? Please put them in an airtight container. Do you have a hurricane-ready kit? Have you made arrangements for your animals if need be? Have you taken pictures or videos of the inside and the outside of your home? These are all important questions that should be considered if you have to evacuate. Have you introduced yourself to the new neighbor that moved from the north and only knows about snow? Take the time to introduce yourself and help educate them on how to prepare. It will benefit everyone in the long run. If the authorities tell you to evacuate, do so. They’re only trying to help and protect you. Your house and all your belongings can be replaced why risk your life? One last thing with all the disasters last year from Hurricane Ian, the Department of Florida showed how resilient we really are.

Bill Hoppner
Disaster Preparedness

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